Holiday Appetizers

Monday, December 16, 2013

As promised, here are the recipes for the appetizers Mo and I made for game night! They were such a hit!

First we made Candy Cane Sugar Cookies. These were honestly so so easy. 

Ingredients: 
(Makes 48 cookies)
-1 package of candy cane Hersey kisses 
- 2- 3/4 cups of flour
-1 teaspoon of baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
-1 cup butter, softened
-1-1/2 cup white sugar
-1 egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1. Preheat oven to 375*. 
2. Combine all dry ingredients.
3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Then beat in egg and vanilla extract. Then slowly add dry ingredients. 
4. Roll into balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. 
5. Bake 8-10 min or until golden. Remove from tray to wire racks.
6. Press 1 Candy Cane Hersey Kisses into each cookie. 
7. Let cool full before stacking. (Mo and I actually put ours in the freezer because we were on a time crunch. The kisses end up melting a bit when you put them on hot cookies.)

Yum! I have to admit, Mo and I actually used break and bake sugar cookies because we were on a serious time crunch. Either from scratch or pre made works just fine!

Next we made baby caprese salads! Again, easy easy easy!


Ingredients: 
(Makes about 30)
-1 package of cherry tomatoes
-1 package of fresh basil
-1 ball of fresh mozzarella (found in the deli cheese section)
-Balsamic vinegar of your choice  
- Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
-toothpicks

1. Wash cherry tomatoes and cut in half.
2. Slice ball of fresh mozzarella into 1/2 inch cubes.
3. Wash fresh basil and slice into 2 inch strips.
4. Thread ingredients onto toothpicks. 1/2 tomato, mozzarella, basil, 1/2 tomato.
5. Put in serving dish, preferably one that has at least some sort of side so you don't spill the balsamic everywhere! 
6. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over each baby salad. (This can be done to taste, I generally go lighter on the balsamic because otherwise it is too strong for me.)
7. If you choose, drizzle EVOO to taste over each baby salad also. For these, because it was a 'finger food' appetizer, we did not use EVOO because it would get too greasy / messy. 

These were so popular. Every last one was gone! Plus, how festive? They are red and green! :) 
I hope you enjoy these two easy recipes as much as I do. What are your holiday favorites? 
 
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